Does California’s Paparazzi Law Violate First Amendment?
by Anthony Caruso on September 27, 2013
Many celebrities, athletes, and public figures are accustomed to being followed and photographed by the paparazzi, but when it comes to their children, many of these people have called for a "hands-off" rule. Many states currently allow photographers to snap images of celebrities' children when they're in a public setting, but a new law in California prohibiting this activity is calling First Amendment rights into question.
California Gov. Jerry Brown enacted a new law that bars members of the paparazzi from "harassing" children of public figures. This includes speaking to or touching children of famous individuals, which may now result in fines of up to $10,000 and up to a year in prison. Parents will also be permitted to bring a civil action against violators to seek damages and attorneys' fees.
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